[TxMt] i-search in TextMate

Michael Stillwell ithinkihaveacat at gmail.com
Mon Nov 29 18:26:07 UTC 2004

On Mon, 29 Nov 2004 18:49:46 +0100, Allan Odgaard <allan at macromates.com> wrote:

> I know this wasn't your argument -- I just wanted to clarify my own,
> which was in response to the 'i-search is faster'.

Just to add my perspective--I find a regular search somewhat annoying
in the cases where:

  - There's very many matches, and I keep guessing wrong as to how
much substring I need to type to find the match I want.  (Poor
example: "text" finds "textedit"; re-entered search of "textmate"
finds "textmate"; re-entered search of "textmate users" finds textmate
users mailing list.)

  - I've actually opened the wrong document, and have typed in a long
search string (to disambiguate) only to discover that there's no
matches at all.  (Most annoying when I'm searching the wrong document,
but happens with the "right" document too.)

  - I've made typo in the search string, and I don't notice until the
search has been run.  (Or worse, I don't notice at all, and think that
there's no match at all.)

Basically, I guess isearch has advantages over search for me in cases
where, given a particular search string, that search string matches
either no lines, or a lot of lines.


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